Your editorial calling for renewed attention by state lawmakers to conservation issues (July 23) was right on the mark — as far as it went. What it didn't mention was that this last decade of apathy was brought to you by Republicans — so called conservatives — who, while completely in control of the show, have failed to conserve much of anything. Ignoring public opinion and clueless as to any intrinsic or aesthetic value, they look at open space and public land as prizes for developers and extractive industry to exploit or to be sold outright. And it makes no difference whether times are lean or fat, as we've seen, the McAllister Fund goes begging because conservation is not a priority for these people. It never was and it never will be.